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For Julia Roberts, The Eyes Have It

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71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsUnlike many makeup artists, Genevieve Herr prefers to start with skin and finish with eyes. This is the process she’s adhered to in the twelve-plus years she’s worked with Julia Roberts. Despite the fact that she was crafting a bold (and often messy) smoky eye for the Golden Globes this evening, Herr didn’t deviate from the tried-and-true system. “I wanted the [makeup] to match the structure of the dress,” she explained in an exclusive interview. To avoid any fallout and craft the perfect, “catlike, Sophia Loren” shape, she applied Lancôme Liner Design Gel Eyeliner in Black Fishnets all over the lids—steering clear of the inner corners to keep the eyes looking bright and open. To set, she topped the liner with Color Design Eye Shadow in It List and The New Black. “The key is to shake the brush [after dabbing it into the pigment], blow on it, and then apply to the eye,” she explained. The same trio of products was used on the lower lash lines and blended with a cotton swab. A couple coats of Hypnôse Doll Lashes Mascara and a few false lashes on the outer corners acted as the finishing touch. And since a beige mouth with a smoky eye has “been done before,” Herr opted for a “raw” shade close to Robert’s natural lip tone (Rouge in Love lipstick in Lasting Kiss). “It’s much more modern if you add a little color,” she said. As for verging into bolder territories, don’t hold your breath. “We have never done red lips…[Julia] has big lips, so there’s no need to define them with [vibrant] lipstick.” You’ll have to re-watch Pretty Woman to see that makeup move (paired with white opera gloves) in all its nineties glory.

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